It would have been understandable if the Carson High volleyball team had suffered a letdown that lasted more than a few points against North Valleys.
But the Senators maintained their focus throughout the match on their way to a 15-4, 15-3, 15-4 win on Tuesday at Carson High.
"I thought we played hard even though North Valleys didn't have that great of a night," Carson coach Daryl James said. "I thought North Valleys played well."
"They're just too small. I thought they passed well. I thought our guys did a great job of staying focused because Reno will be better on Thursday," James also said about Thursday's match at Reno.
Carson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game one behind Rachael DeRiemer's kill and an ace and back row kill from Shannon Devereaux. DeRiemer's back-to-back aces made it 6-2.
After North Valleys closed to within 6-4, Carson went on a 9-0 run. Devereaux and Katie Lawson both served for aces, DeRiemer had a kill and Tabitha Adams had a block as Carson built a 10-4 lead.
Kaitlin Brush followed with a kill and a block and Adams finished off the rally by serving for the last five points. Alyssa Wilson put away a kill on a quick hit for match point.
Adams also served for 11 straight points in game two and five straigh points in game three. She had a strong all-around match with 33 assists, two blocks and three aces.
Doyle's kill and Wilson's quick hit for a kill gave Carson a 3-0 lead in game two. After North Valleys closed to within 3-2, Adams served for 11 straight points.
During Adams serving rally, she had two aces, DeRiemer had two kills and Wilson and Colleen Doyle each added kills.
The Senators took a 14-0 lead in game three as Adams served for five straight points that gave Carson a 9-0 lead. Terri Niederer's quick hit, DeRiemer's kill and Nicole Scott's kill gave the Senators a 14-0 lead.
Adams began the game with a block and a dink, Devereaux followed with back-to-back aces, Brush had a kill, Adams followed with an ace and DeRiemer had three kills, including one from the back row as Carson built an 11-0 lead.
DeRiemer had 15 kills and five digs, Devereaux had five kills and four aces and Wilson, Doyle and Niederer all had three kills.
"I was happy that we stayed and gave an effort throughout the match," James said. "We didn't quit playing."
DOUGLAS 3, WOOSTER 1
Michelle Paterson had 12 kills as the Tigers beat Wooster 15-5, 10-15, 15-11, 15-2. Cheryl Nicoll had nine kills and Emily Haas had eight kills and six blocks. Brittany Addeo had 33 assists and Amee Christian had a strong match serving with seven aces.
GALENA 3, REED 0
Joanna Hixon had 16 kills and 12 digs as Galena rolled to a 15-10, 16-14, 15-8 win over Reed. Whitney Dibble had 12 kills, six blocks and five digs and Julie Mailander added seven kills.
Mandy Dickman had 16 assists and five digs, Lydia Mailander had five digs and two blocks, Jenny Burrows had two blocks and Kate Wallace added 12 assists.